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Biomedical research happens in networks of researchers. Social networking web sites like FaceBook, LinkedIn and Xing use personal networks to establish contacts. On these sites, however, connections must be defined by the users themselves. Now, Transinsight’s GoPubMed completely and automatically extracts collaboration networks from millions of biomedical science publications. For each concept in the selected semantic background knowledge, GoPubMed’s “Hot-Topic-View” shows the collaboration network between top authors in this field of research. Collaboration networks can now be experienced and visualized. GoPubMed also now allows these networks to be searched for possible experts and collaboration partners, a feature which leads to tremendous time saving when searching for appropriate experts. This feature is especially important in a specialized scientific world where it is becoming more and more vital to set up temporary teams of highly specialized experts. Read the press release.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the Human Microbiome Project. The human microbiome is the collective genomes of all microorganisms present in or on the human body. “The human microbiome is largely unexplored,” said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. “It is essential that we understand how microorganisms interact with the human body to affect health and disease.” Part of the NIH’s Roadmap for Medical Research, the Human Microbiome Project will award a total of $115 million to researchers over the next five years. Read the press release. 

The Allen Institute for Brain Science has made available new open resources and tools for researchers, all freely available online to accelerate progress by scientists worldwide toward understanding the brain in health and disease. The resources include an expanded, now complete, image-based gene expression dataset from the Institute's federally-funded sleep study-an entirely new resource presenting the Institute's first human cortex gene expression data-and enhancements to the Allen Brain Atlas. The Allen Institute's projects are publicly available at no cost at  Technical details of the latest release can be found by following the <More> link in the Announcements box on the Allen Brain Atlas start page at

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